Piano Spheres: Gloria Cheng
Great Film Composers and the Piano
February 20, 2015

Two performances: 8pm and 9:30pm

MONTAGE - Great Film Composers and the Piano

Film premiere and CD Release Concert

Celebrate Gloria Cheng's latest harmonia mundi release of piano works written for her by today's greatest film composers. Hear the "personal side" of John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, and Randy Newman, and how they compose when free from the constraints of scoring a film. Each of the two performances will feature selections from the CD, and the much-anticipated premiere of Gloria's documentary film of the recording sessions, interviews, and footage from last year's spectacular world premiere concert on the Piano Spheres series. 

Tickets: $25/$20 for seniors

Click here to watch a video with a behind-the-scenes view into the process leading up to this event.

Cheng is currently finishing her MONTAGE initiative, a recording and documentary film featuring works composed for her by today's greatest film composers. The film includes interviews with Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and John Williams, along with footage from the concert premiere and composer-led recording sessions. The film will premiere in various venues beginning February 2015, to coincide with the CD release on Harmonia mundi. A Facebook page for tracking the project is here.

In recital and on recording, Cheng celebrates the kinships that exist amongst contemporary composers. About her Grammy-winning 2008 disc, Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutoslawski, The New York Times noted: "It's not just that Ms. Cheng plays these daunting pieces with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another." Such juxtapositions have guided each of her recordings from her 1997 Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley on Telarc, to her Grammy-nominated 2012 release, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho, with contributions from the Calder Quartet and director Peter Sellars.

Pianist Gloria Cheng is acclaimed as a discerning artist whose performances tap the emotional core of contemporary music. In recitals that explore significant interconnections amongst composers, Cheng has been presented by the Ojai Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, William Kapell Festival, and the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. She has appeared on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall's Making Music, Cal Performances, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Engine408, Stanford Lively Arts, and at (le) Poisson Rouge.

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